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Old 11-19-2011, 06:45 PM
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I just finished off a bottle of Fernando Castilla Reserva brandy that I received as a gift a few years back. I picked up a bottle Remy Martin Connac VSOP to replace my diminishing stock of Fernando Castilla. I found the Remy Martin to be not very good. It's not nearly as smooth and it doesn't offer the same vanilla nutty flavor that the Fernando Castilla offers, which brings me to my question; where can I find Fernando Castilla for sale in the states? I looked online and everything seems to indicate that it is only sold in Europe. Me and the wify love this brandy and want to pick up another bottle.

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Old 11-19-2011, 07:49 PM
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Man up and buy some single malt ....... LOL

I like a nice Port with desert ....
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Hey brother brandy/cognac will just as easily put hair on your chest, but when I need more I do open up the bottle of Glenfiddich 15yr. Brandy and port have nothing in common, but I do like a good tawny not with dessert but for dessert.

For minute there ya got me to thinking that someonw that knew what the hell they were talking about responded to my question.
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For minute there ya got me to thinking that someonw that knew what the hell they were talking about responded to my question.
U got me.... I dont have a clue

But I figured not many on this forum will either

I wish I knew more about wine, port, brandy, etc.... But I am a damn rummy
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I keep the bar stocked with a bottle of Courvoisier Cognac at all times. That's about as much help as I can be.
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I don't think you will find it here in the states.

VSOP is actually not that great in terms of good cognac. I recommend that you try a different bottle of Remy Martin, but go with the XO, and report back. It'll set you back about $125, but very well worth it.


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I knew a girl named Brandy, but she set me back a lot more than $125!

I do remember drinking a bottle of peach brandy followed by another of some fruit brandy, the only time I've every vomited from drinking in my life. That was (1966)? and I've never had brandy since.

Serious question, what exactly is brandy anyway? How is it made?
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I don't think you will find it here in the states.

VSOP is actually not that great in terms of good cognac. I recommend that you try a different bottle of Remy Martin, but go with the XO, and report back. It'll set you back about $125, but very well worth it.


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Good info, thanks! Not sure that I am prepared to plunk down $125 though.

I need to find another Spanish friend that could smuggle this stuff into the states.
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Originally Posted by davedowneast View Post
I knew a girl named Brandy, but she set me back a lot more than $125!

I do remember drinking a bottle of peach brandy followed by another of some fruit brandy, the only time I've every vomited from drinking in my life. That was (1966)? and I've never had brandy since.

Serious question, what exactly is brandy anyway? How is it made?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandy
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I used to own a liquor store. Not a huge brandy fan, but Snapper Head is giving good advice. I actually like Hennessy XO

suggest that you try another Spanish Brandy, as regional similarities may prevail, instead of Spanish to French. I used to sell a great deal of Cardinal Mendoza to several old Spanish fellows and they told me how great it was. about $50.00 per bottle
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I haven't had it in a number of years, but I did enjoy Hennessy XO way back then.
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Originally Posted by davedowneast View Post
Serious question, what exactly is brandy anyway? How is it made?
It's wine that is then distilled.


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Originally Posted by makosteve66 View Post
I used to own a liquor store. Not a huge brandy fan, but Snapper Head is giving good advice. I actually like Hennessy XO

suggest that you try another Spanish Brandy, as regional similarities may prevail, instead of Spanish to French. I used to sell a great deal of Cardinal Mendoza to several old Spanish fellows and they told me how great it was. about $50.00 per bottle
Much appreciated. Will look out for Cardinal Mendoza.

The Remy Martin just burns when it goes down and it wasn't cheap, think I paid like $47 a bottle. The Fenando Castilla is so smooth.
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Much appreciated. Will look out for Cardinal Mendoza.

The Remy Martin just burns when it goes down and it wasn't cheap, think I paid like $47 a bottle. The Fenando Castilla is so smooth.
$47 a bottle IS cheap brandy


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Originally Posted by Snapper Head View Post
$47 a bottle IS cheap brandy


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Figuratively speaking of course. I am learning... From what I found online this Spanish brandy is relatively inexpensive (over in Europe ) but it tastes so damn good!
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I'll check in Mexico for you next time I'm down in a couple weeks. Some very good brandies in Mexico and it's a national liquor there, so it's quite cheap in most cases. I used to drink brandy all the time, but had to quit. Brandy (in general) is very rich and was causing some very severe gout attacks.
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Originally Posted by Dulcecita Lures View Post
I'll check in Mexico for you next time I'm down in a couple weeks. Some very good brandies in Mexico and it's a national liquor there, so it's quite cheap in most cases. I used to drink brandy all the time, but had to quit. Brandy (in general) is very rich and was causing some very severe gout attacks.
REALLY?! Damn nice of you to offer.

I recently took up brandy, was looking for something else to drink during the winter, esp when I found myself not in the mood for beer (can't believe I just said that!).
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If you have a total Wine & More in your area they have a good selection. I prefer the reinforced wines of Spain and Portugal.
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Total Wine & More
A candy store for alcoholics!! I'm in there weekly and they have a selection nobody else even comes close to. Best prices, too. Love the place!
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